If I Should Fall from Grace: The Shane MacGowan Story
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This unflinching, music-driven documentary provides the first real insight into the background and career of this legendary Irish artist who, as lead singer and songwriter for the Pogues, became a worldwide punk icon. The film includes contemporary interviews with his family, fellow musicians like Nick Cave, his longtime partner Victoria and direct one-on-one sessions with Shane himself. These are interwoven with performance material stretching back to Shane's earliest work, along with fly-on-the-wall footage from both London and Ireland. Includes performances/videos of the songs: "Paddy Public Enemy No. 1", "If I Should Fall from Grace With God", "Infatuation", "Gabrielle", and more.
Don't ask how, or why- just accept Shane is Shane….
When I first hear The Pogues over 20 years ago, I was drawn to their unique blend of rock 'n roll that included punk, pop, Irish traditionals, and everything in between. But there was this front-man, Shane MacGowan, who had a knack for making growls and grumbles sound painfully beautiful.
He could have you slamming, whiskey bottle in hand, one moment, and writing a letter to your long lost love the next moment. What makes this guy tick? Or better yet, how does this artist still alive? If these are questions you've asked, this documentary gives us a glimpse into another side of Shane MacGowan- as well as some more expected sides of Shane.
Shane likes his drinks. So if you have just quit drinking, this documentary may not be something you want to watch- you may find yourself inside of a bottle by the end of the movie. As a fan of the Pogues and MacGowan, this film was a must see. There are some classic performances, and some intimate interviews with Shane and those who have known him the longest- including his family!